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CFPB Updates its Procedures for Determining Which Nonbanks it Can Supervise

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued a new procedural rule to streamline how it determines which nondepository institutions it has the authority to supervise.  According to the CFPB, the new rule coincides with a change in organizational structure.  But it also indicates an affirmative broadening of its regulatory reach….

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FTC Files Suit Against Third-Party Bill Payment Company

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On April 25, 2024​, the FTC announced​ that it filed a suit against a Washington-based ​third-party bill payment company​ and two of its chief executives ​​for engaging in allegedly ​deceptive ​and misleading ​​practices​ in violation of Section 5(a) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45(a), Section 521 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB Act), 15 U.S.C. 23 § 6821, and…

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California Federal Court Bans Mortgage Operators as Result of Joint FTC and DFPI Case

​On February 2, 2024, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order permanently banning several companies and their owners from the telemarketing and debt relief businesses and requiring them to pay approximately $19 million in restitution and civil money penalties​.  This order came as a…

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FTC Enters Settlement with California-based Lead Generator

On January 2, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached a settlement with a California-based lead generator resolving allegations that the company facilitated illegal telemarketing calls.  This lead generator owned the domain to several websites and sold thousands of leads to third parties for telemarketing purposes. The…

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Wins Summary Judgment in Challenge to CFPB’s Update to Its Examination Manual

On September 8, 2023, the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Texas granted plaintiff U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s (the “Chamber”) motion for summary judgment invalidating the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) Exam Manual changes from March 2022 that stated that discriminatory conduct may be a UDAAP violation….

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CFPB Enters Into $15 Million Settlement with Auto Lender

On February 23, 2023, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order​ with an auto lender based in Georgia.  The order resolves allegations that the lender engaged in unfair practices and predatory lending as to military families on auto title loans in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA), 12…

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Court Dismisses CFPB’s ECOA Action Alleging Discrimination Against Prospective Applicants Against Nonbank Lender

On February 3, 2023, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted Defendants Townstone Financial, Inc., a mortgage broker/lender, and Barry Sturner’s, Townstone’s owner, motion to dismiss the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB or Bureau) redlining complaint brought under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), ECOA’s…

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CFPB Proposes Rule That Nonbanks Subject to Certain Public Orders Must Publicly Register with CFPB As a Means of Detecting “Repeat Offenders”

On December 12, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) proposed a rule (“Proposed Rule”) that would require non-bank financial institutions to register with the CFPB when they become subject to certain final public orders by a Federal, State, or local government agency in connection with the offering or provision…

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CFPB Fines Bank for Accessing Customer Credit Reports and Opening Accounts, Credit Cards, and Lines of Credit Without Customers’ Permission

On July 28, 2022, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a Consent Order against a large bank (the Bank), claiming that the Bank created sales pressure on its employees that encouraged employees to illegally access customer credit reports and to open checking and savings accounts, credit cards, and lines…

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California Regulator Opens Licensing Application For Debt Collectors

Debt collectors operating in California may now submit applications for licensure by the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) in compliance with the state’s newly enacted Debt Collection Licensing Act (DCLA). On September 1, 2021, the DFPI announced that it opened its license application for all debt collectors in…

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California's Mini-CFPB Enters into Memorandums of Understanding with Earned Wage Access Fintech Companies

In January 2021, the new California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) entered into memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with five earned wage access fintech companies so that these companies can continue to operate in California while providing consumers with protection against abusive practices.  The DFPI, often referred to as…

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Five Federal Financial Agencies Propose Rule to Clarify Role of Supervisory Guidance

On November 5, 2020, the Federal Register published five federal financial regulatory agencies’ invitation for comment on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) that would codify the agencies’ Interagency Statement Clarifying the Role of Supervisory Guidance, as amended, which was issued on September 11, 2018 (2018 Statement).  The 2018 Statement…

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California Legislature Passes Bill Expanding Consumer Financial Protection Oversight

On August 31, 2020, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 1864 (AB-1864), sending the bill to California Governor Gavin Newsom for his expected approval.  Below is an overview of some of AB-1864’s key provisions. As LenderLaw Watch reported earlier this year, Governor Newsom’s 2020-2021 Budget Summary proposed expanding the…

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CFPB Symposium Considers Use of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Financial Regulation

On July 29, 2020, the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CFPB) held a symposium on the use of cost-benefit analysis in consumer financial protection regulation.  CFPB Director Kathleen Kraninger provided opening remarks, followed by two panels of experts.  The first panel focused its discussion on how the CFPB uses cost-benefit analysis…

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CFPB Holds Public Advisory Committees Meeting on Impact of COVID-19

On May 1, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau or CFPB) held a joint virtual meeting of its four advisory committees:  the Consumer Advisory Board, the Community Bank Advisory Council, the Credit Union Advisory Council, and the Academic Research Council.  The meeting—the Bureau’s first public event since the onset…

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CFPB Agrees that For-Cause Removal Single Director Status is Unconstitutional

As we previously reported, Selia Law LLC (Selia) filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2019, appealing the Ninth Circuit’s ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) single directorship.  On September 17, 2019, the CFPB filed its responding…

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